Feta, Mint & Grilled Tomato Salad

Healthy and delicious
Healthy and delicious

Feta cheese is one of those things I used to buy and then wonder what on earth to do with. Since finding this recipe in a magazine, however, this is no longer the case. This salad is one of those recipes that you can play around with, as long as the basics are in place: ripe tomatoes, either cherry or regular sized, that you’re going to place under a hot grill; crumbly feta cheese, a fresh sprig of mint or two, a grain of some sort (couscous being the easiest, bulgur or quinoa more adventurous), and some wholesome beans, either white, such as cannellini, or the green flageolet variety, fresh out of a tin.

It takes a little work to compile, but is worth the effort.

Eat more grains!
Eat more grains!

For four people, you will need:

300g / 11oz ripe tomatoes: cherry or regular

225g / 8oz couscous

300ml / 8oz hot vegetable stock

Olive oil

450g / 1lb canned beans: either cannellini or flageolet

125g / 4oz feta cheese

2 tbsp fresh mint

Black pepper

Here's what to do:

Place the tomatoes under the grill until their skin has split – if using cherry tomatoes this only takes a couple of minutes, longer for regular.

Combine the couscous and hot stock, cover and leave for a few minutes.

Rinse and drain the beans, crumble the feta cheese and chop up the mint.

Once the couscous has soaked up the liquid, fluff it up with a fork and then add the beans, feta, a dash of olive oil and mint.

If you’re using large tomatoes, chop them up and add; if they’re cherry tomatoes, just mix them in whole.

Season and serve.  Enjoy!

Note: if you’re using bulgur wheat or quinoa, you’ll need to cook it in the stock first. This is actually a terrific way of using up ready-cooked grains, if you have them.

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PrettyPanther 6 years ago from Oregon

This sounds really good! My husband-to-be has decreed that he will not eat couscous, but I think I will prepare this and hope that he doesn't realize that's what's in it. Or, like you said, I could use quinoa. :-)

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Riviera Rose 6 years ago from South of France Author

Hi PrettyPanther, I definitely think you should sneak this one by your husband-to-be - how can anyone not like couscous???!!! Alternatively, quinoa or bulgur would work just as well. Good luck!

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